And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God,
and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice,
Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.
And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
(Acts 7:59 - 60)
This man, a deacon of the first church in Jerusalem, became the first of many millions of the only kind of human sacrifice the God of the Bible, the Great I AM, ever requires. Stephen died for preaching and practicing the pure and perfect Word of God. For over two thousand years men and women and children have willingly sacrificed their lives so that we could have and hear and heed those precious perfectly preserved Principles.
As only the true Word of God can He speaks of the past and prophetically of the future in Hebrews chapter 11verses 33 – 38.
Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Countless other millions, even though many of them didn’t believe or practice it themselves, died for your liberty to read and obey God’s Word the way you believe you should.
DO NOT DISHONOUR THEIR SACRIFICE BY IGNORING IT!